NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

Posted December 6, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words / 0 Comments


In November, I participated in NaNoWriMo. It went great… until it didn’t.

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that November was a rough month. I started off strong with 25,000 words within the first two weeks.

Then everything fell apart. Ha! But I ended the month with 40,000 words, which is no small amount! Here’s what I accomplished:

One Year

By far, One Year was my most successful project in November. Topping out at 10,555 words, One Year is ready to be sent out to my email fun list tomorrow. It came together much better than I anticipated. Huzzah! I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

I’m not going to share the cover or synopsis yet, but soon, probably. I’ll have to set up a book page for it first. And a Goodreads listing. All the good stuff.

One Lifetime

After I finished with One Year, I got started on One Lifetime, the final installment in Tony and Drea’s story. I wrote 5,459 words in that until I stalled out. My goal is to finish it up within the next couple weeks. I’ve got plans for this little trilogy of short stories. PLANS!

(More on that later. When I’ve figured out the details and am in a position to share them.)

Book 2

The second book in the Brewing in the Cities series caused me the most problems. While I wrote 24,021 words on it, I restarted the beginning about halfway through the month.

It’s still in need of a lot of work, plot and structure wise, so I’ll probably put this book on hold while I finish up One Lifetime, and hopefully get Redemption back from my betas some time this month.

Giving some more attention to the plot and characters before I begin writing again, while not ideal, will give me a stronger book in the end (that hopefully requires less intensive self-editing).

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How’d you do?

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